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Chinese PE/VC Firms Achieve Record Exits In 2017, IPOs Almost Double From Year Ago

The year 2017 will be remembered as a record setter for the Chinese private equity and venture capital industry, as the number of IPO exits secured by PE/VC firms this year almost doubled from a year ago. In fact, the number of IPO exits in 2017 is equals to half of all IPO exits recorded in the six years from 2011 to 2016.

Sequoia, Lightspeed China Poised To Exit After Fintech Firm Jianpu Technology’s US IPO

Chinese fintech company Jianpu Technology Inc.’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday was a disappointment, with the stock gaining only 5% despite the company pricing its IPO at below its anticipated price range. Despite the lack-luster debut, the firm’s IPO marks the second successful fintech exit for backers including Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed China Partner I, L.P., after PPdai, a Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform, went public in New York last month. Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed own 17.6% and 16.7% of Jianpu Technology, …

Recent IPOs Prove Chinese Companies Lie About VC Funding Rounds

As more Chinese companies go public it’s becoming increasingly clear that many of them have lied about the level of funding they received as private companies, and thus their pre-IPO valuations. The latest example is Rong360 Inc., once listed on China Money Network’s China Unicorn List with a US$1 billion valuation. The company is planning a U.S. listing for its wholly-owned subsidiary Jianpu Technology Inc., raising up to US$200 million, according to its IPO prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities …

Chinese P2P Lending Platform PPdai.com Plans $350M IPO In US

Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform PPdai.com will seek an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, the company said in a filing, marking the latest Chinese financial technology company to go public. PPdai.com is currently values as a unicorn on China Money Network’s China Unicorn List with a US$2 billion valuation.

Chinese Bike Rental Firm Youon Completes $87M Shanghai IPO

Chinese bike rental company Youon Bike, backed by Ant Financial and Shenzhen Capital Group, has completed an initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, raising RMB581 million (US$87 million). It is the first stock market listing by any of the dozens of bike sharing companies in China.

Fortune Capital-Backed Incubator And Media Firm Iheima Completes Shenzhen IPO

Beijing-based start-up incubator Iheima, backed by Fortune Capital, has completed an initial public offering on the ChiNext, a NASDAQ-style board of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, to raise a total of RMB182 million (US$27 million). As the first IPO of an incubator, accelerator and start-up media platform in China, Iheima issued 17 million new shares at the price of RMB10.75 (US$1.61) apiece, according to an IPO prospectus. The company is valued at RMB1 billion (US$140 million), based on its highest trading …

Venture-Backed BGI Genomics Completes $250M IPO On Shenzhen ChiNext

Chinese gene sequencing giant BGI Genomics Co., Ltd. today completed an initial public offering on the ChiNext board in Shenzhen, raising around RMB1.7 billion (US$250 million). The successful IPO comes after the company previously failed to list in the U.S. and Hong Kong, as well as an unsuccessful bit to achieve an A-share float via a reverse merger.

Chinese Bike Sharing Company Youon Bike Makes Second Bid for Shanghai IPO

Jiangsu province-based bike sharing company Youon Bike is making another try for an initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, seeking to raise RMB598 million (US$86 million) by issuing 24 million shares. An earlier application was rejected in 2015. Founded in 2010, Youon Bike received an undisclosed amount of money from Ant Financial, the financial services affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., and IDG Capital. However, Youon plans to end the funding, according to its IPO prospectus. The company …